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Collection Development Plan: Introduction

Purpose and Goals

The purpose of this collection development plan is to describe the Scottsdale Community College Library's collection development program and to create the necessary standards for selecting, developing, and maintaining the Library's collection.  Within the constraints of available funds, facilities, and staffing, the Scottsdale Community College Library will acquire and make available materials and media in various formats, evaluate existing collections, and develop policies and procedures to maintain the quality of collections and information services. The MCCCD Libraries are involved in a variety of resource sharing agreements that expand the range of accessible materials and information.

The goals of this plan are to:

  • Provide library materials and information resources which meet and support the instructional, institutional, and individual needs of the SCC community
  • Provide a planning document for the continued development of the collection
  • Provide a working tool and standards for the selection of library materials
  • Provide guidelines for the maintenance and preservation of the collection
  • Provide standards for the ongoing assessment of the collection
  • Assure consistent and balanced growth of the collection
  • Aid communication between the Library and its users
  • Assist in determining and documenting budget needs
  • Facilitate cooperation and resource sharing among the MCCCD libraries

College Mission

Scottsdale Community College improves the quality of life in our communities by providing challenging, supportive, and distinctive learning experiences. We are committed to offering high-quality, collaborative, affordable, and accessible opportunities that enable learners to achieve lifelong educational, professional, and personal goals.

SCC fulfills this mission by
  • Delivering rigorous and relevant instruction
  • Providing outstanding support to students, faculty, and staff
  • Encouraging an open and dynamic exchange of learning among the college, tribal nations, and local and world communities
  • Promoting civic responsibility, sustainability, and global engagement
  • Fostering personal growth and connectedness

Library Mission

The mission of the Scottsdale Community College Library is to facilitate quality library services, focusing on student success, teaching and learning excellence, and implementation of newly developing technologies. Our objectives are to:

  • Maintain a high level of service for students, faculty, staff, and the community
  • Provide prompt and knowledgeable responses to requests for information
  • Develop instructional programs and implement technologies to help students achieve information literacy 
  • Provide access to all library resources for persons with disabilities
  • Protect the right to privacy of library patrons and comply with the U.S. Copyright Law
  • Acquire and maintain a library collection that supports the curriculum and meets the information needs of the SCC community
  • Collaborate with other Divisions on campus in order to assess and implement services and resources which best serve students and faculty
  • Educate faculty about new information technologies and materials with potential application for the instructional programs
  • Maintain and enhance the Library environment so that it is an inviting place for students, faculty, and staff

Audience/Community Profile

Scottsdale Community College is a public two-year institution located in Maricopa County in Arizona.  It opened its doors in September 1970 with 948 students and now has over 9,000 students enrolled in courses. It is one of 10 colleges in the Maricopa Community College District.

SCC offers a broad array of academic and training opportunities. It awards associate degrees in Applied Science, General Studies, Arts, Science and Business. Numerous career programs lead to certificates of specialization. A majority of students are currently enrolled in credit programs including mathematics, science, social and behavioral sciences, English, communication, speech, studio and performing arts, and physical education and recreation to earn associate degrees.

SCC has also broadened opportunities to students preparing for careers that do not require four-year degrees. SCC offers numerous career and occupational programs including nursing, drafting, interior design, hospitality, culinary arts, engineering, administration of justice, equine science, and computer information programs. These programs are designed to meet the needs of students, community, and business.

Intellectual Freedom/Copyright Compliance

The SCC Library supports the American Library Association's Library Bill of Rights and its concept of intellectual freedom. In making selections, the Library attempts to include material representing differing points of view on controversial issues. As long as subjects fit into the general collection guidelines of the Library, they will be considered without censorship or prejudice when determining the collection's balance.

The SCC Library complies with the Copyright Law of the United States. Library services including electronic resources, reserve materials, photocopying, and acquisitions procedures must comply with U.S. copyright law.